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27
May

The time has come

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Volkswagen contributes to the community 
 

 


Recently a group of media from Brunei did some shopping at Mustafa Centre, Singapore, and buying necessities for the under privileged children at Darul Ihsan Orphanage, Singapore. This was organised by Volkswagen Singapore and Brunei as part of their contribution to the community especially before the month of Ramadhan just around the corner. The items were transported by the newly launched Volkswagen Sports Van which will make its way to Brunei next week.
 


Louis and I shopping for milo and milk at Mustafa Centre recently in Singapore
 

 


Stocking up items at the Volkswagen Sports Van. Surprisingly spacey and it was able to load a lot of things at the back.
 

 


Can you spot me? 😀
 

 


The local media from Brunei had a great time shopping for the orphans. We overshot our budget but in the name of charity 😀
 


The items being unloaded at the orphanage
 

 

  
 

Congratulations Razali 
 


Mohd Razali Hj Junaidi won a trip for two to watch the opening match of the UEFA EURO Cup 2016 receiving the prize from Firdaus Mokim, Head of Marketing and Public Relations of BIBD At-Tamwil last weekend. Image courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.
 


Mohd Razali with other consolation winners. Image courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.
 

Late post: It was a pleasant surprise for Mohd Razali Hj Junaidi who won a trip for two to watch the opening match of the UEFA EURO Cup 2016 in France as the grand prize in a lucky draw by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Kia vehicles in the sultanate.

The ‘Kia Lucky Drive to France’, which is one of the initiatives that is in partnership between UEFA EURO 2016 and the Kia distributor, aimed to boost the sports marketing approach of Kia and enrich customer’s driving experience.

“I am indeed happy with the prize and didn’t expect to win the trip. I am yet to see whether I can make it (to the trip) or not,” said Mohd Razali who recently bought a Kia Cerato in April.

The grand prize is inclusive of airfare, meals and hotel accommodation apart from watching the opening match and having a cultural experience tour of the host country.

The draw, which took place at Kia’s showroom in Beribi, also saw four other lucky winners receiving attractive prizes.

Nicholas Stuart Hendry and Nati Sumarto respectively won a 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Meanwhile, Noraha Abdul Malek took home with her a Samsung Gear S2 Smart Watch and Mohd Rifa’ie Muhd Shahren won a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Present during the draw were Baiduri Finance sales officers Md Saabeq Chong and Solon Chong as well as its Sales Manager Hj Muhd Ali BM Hj Metussin.
Also present were representatives from BIBD AT-Tamwil, Deputy Head of Marketing, Asharul Norshari and Head of Marketing and Public Relations Firdaus Mokim.

There were ten shortlisted finalists who were randomly selected in a draw on May 13 out of over 200 customers who purchased Kia vehicles from March 1 until April 30 this year. Apart from the grand draw, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd also launched the enhanced Kia Cerato with its new aesthetic features that is sporty and will surely capture the young and the young-at-heart.

Interested customers may visit any Kia showrooms or call 2453101 to book a test drive. There will be another test drive session in Tutong this Sunday and also a roadshow on 28-29 May at Hua Ho Petani Mall, Tutong. Text and images courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.

 


The roadshow and test drive at Hua Ho Petani, Tutong on Saturday and Sunday
 

 

  
 

 

Consumer Fair No.18 
 


Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gapar, the Acting Minister of Ministry of Development (center) with Mr Jackson Ting, Managing Director of D’Sunlit and Dato Paduka Haji Danial Haji Hanafiah, Executive Director of D’Sunlit
 

The highly anticipated 18th Consumer Fair was officially launched at the International Convention Centre, Berakas this morning, which was officiated by Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gapar, the Acting Minister of Ministry of Development in the International Convention Center, Berakas yesterday. At the opening was Managing Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, Mr Jackson Ting and Executive Director, Dato Paduka Haji Danial Haji Hanafiah, who gave an welcoming note at the start of the proceedings.

This iteration features the Food Fest, with lots of exploratory culinary experiences from award winning chefs, with baking classes from Bake Culture, food demonstrations by Her’s Kitchen, and Latte art by Piccolo.

Exciting activities await such as the “Junior Chefs Cookout and “Family Cook Out” by Hers Kitchen, Ice cream decorating challenge, Treasure Hunt Maze, photo booth, and a blood donation campaign by RIPAS.

After the opening ceremony, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gapar visited the various booths, which includes the 9th Thai Grand Fair featuring fresh exotic fruit, imported from Thailand. WIth over 400 booths with 180 exhibitors from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia, India, Singapore and Brunei, there’s something for everyone.

 


At the Concepts Computer booth. There is a special promotion. If customers buy an Acer pendrive (16GB), you will get another free. This promotion also applies to selected power banks and hard disks too. Great deal 😀
 


The VR glasses at Samsung booth (DST)
 


Baking Demo classes at the Consumer Fair, organised by Bake Culture
 

 


Baking demo
 


The VR glasses at Samsung booth (DST)
 


Check out the Koppair (inflatable bean bag without beans but simply air). Good pricing as well at BND 125. Do follow them at @koppla.bn on instagram
 


Photo booth
 


Thailand Grand Fair
 


Thailand Grand Fair
 


The crowd at Consumer Fair lately. Image courtesy of Concepts Computer
 

  
 

Congratulations BHC 
 


BHC Editor Amir Noor (2nd L) with Butra HeidelbergCement Sdn Bhd Managing Director Marcelino Ugarte (2nd R), BHC Project Director Stuart Lee (L), MMW Creative Director Hamdi Matussin (R) cut the cake during BHC’s 4th Anniversary celebration at Starbucks, Beribi. Image courtesy of Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times. Click image to read more.
 


Congratulations to the team behind BHC – Butra Home Concept
 

  
 

17
Jun

Grand Sale in Thailand

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Bangkok: Day 4
 

Yesterday was quite interesting… Why? Because I learnt about cooking authentic Thai food 😀 Apparently many restaurants especially the ones outside Thailand that serves Thai dishes in Thai restaurants do not follow the actual procedure of cooking Thai dishes. This was shared by the head chef of Naj Thai Cooking School.

I noticed how important certain ingredients are to make a good Tom Yum Goong. Oh, for your info, Goong means prawn or shrimp. So when you order Tom Yum Goong, you are ordering Tom Yum with Prawn 😀 Apart from the ingredients and spices, it is also important to apply the right technique for a better tasting experience.

So the dishes we prepared and cooked were Pad Thai, Thai Beef Salad, Spring Roll and Tom Yum Goong. I have to say among the lot, I was impressed with my Tom Yum Goong and a few of my friends already requested me to cook for them to test my culinary skills. Perhaps the taste won’t be the same to begin with because of the local Thai spices that will be hard to get in Brunei. Then again, I will just use what’s available in Brunei and make the best out of it.

So if you happen to be in Bangkok and have time to spare, I highly recommend you to try out the Naj Thai Cooking School. The going rate is 2,500 Baht per person which is roughly BND 100 and it is a four hour program and they offer it twice a day. The venue is located near BTS Station (Sala Daeng). For more info, you can view their website. A hundred dollars is definitely worth it to invest your time learning make Thai cuisine 😀

 


The head chef of Naj Thai Cooking School, Watpusit Ayasanond
 


The ingredients and spices for our cooking materials
 


Preparation for the media
 


There’s also a technique for the pounding bit
 


Observing the head chef on the techniques
 


Making Pad Thai
 


Pui showing off his culinary skills
 


I’m impressed with my Tom Yum Goong 😀
 


 

 

Grand Sale launch 

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has a bigger obligation to reach and that is to revive the tourism industry in Thailand. Following year 2013’s lifting of the nationwide curfew, TAT is confident that the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 will boost its tourism industry and the campaign will end by 15th August 2015.

Even before the launch, most of the shopping outlets are already offering major discounts at popular malls. This is a good sign for Bruneians who love to shop, shop and shop. You will also be surprised that the prices are cheaper than Malaysia and Singapore if you know how to hunt. Just imagine that more than 15,000 of shopping places that offer discounts and you will have a hard time, compromising your excess luggage by the time you fly back home.

The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 launch was held at Gaysorn Mall yesterday. It was launched by Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business and Mr. Somboon Krobteeranon, Country Manager, Visa Thailand.

This year campaign will return with “Travel 365 Days in Thailand” grand prize, whereby The winners are entitled to bring a friend to visit Thailand for up to 10 days in each month of the entire year, with round-trip air tickets and hotel accommodation provided. Awesome!! This is applicable for those paying by Visa and you will entitled for a draw for every 500 baht you spend.

They have added some twist to the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015. If you wear traditional Thai dress to shop at selected participating stores, you will have the privilege to get major discounts up to 80%. This includes places like Siam Paragon, Siam Center, CentralWorld, Gaysorn, Amarin, Terminal 21, Emporium, Mega Bangna, Central Chidlom, Central Embassy, ZEN, EmQuartier, Platinum Fashion Mall, MBK Center, River City Mall, Krung Thong Plaza, and Intra Square in Bangkok.

So peeps from Brunei, what are you waiting for? Fly to Bangkok and shop, shop, shop. I’m coming back again in July for another shopping experience. Who’s coming with me? 😀

 


Group photo after the launch of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 at Gaysorn Mall. Image courtesy of Richard Lim.
 


Group photo with Mr.Wiboon Nimitrwanich. Director Department of Tourism Invest, Tourism Authority of Thailand (4th from left) with the media from Brunei and Malaysia. Image courtesy of Richard Lim.
 


Guests registering for the event
 


The most comment picture on my IG post yesterday. He’s a celebrity in Thailand and one of the models for the Grand Sale launch.
 


Some of the models of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015 launch and they are local celebrities
 


The media from 11 different countries to spread awareness of the campaign
 


The short press conference before the launch
 


The fashion show to showcase the products and services from Thailand
 


Swinging in action. Image courtesy of Richard Lim.
 


Posing for the crowd. Image courtesy of Richard Lim.
 


Some of the participating outlets of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015
 


 

  

14
Jun

Back in Bangkok City

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Jurassic World 
 

Listen to my latest podcast on Jurassic World with special guest Jessie Tey

  
 

Bangkok: Day 1 
 

I’m back here again in Bangkok. So far this is my second visit this year, the previous was back in April 2015 where I spent more time in Hua Hin (love that place). Now my trip will be focusing more on Bangkok where I will exploring new places for Bruneians to shop, shop and shop 😀 I came with two other media from Brunei – Pui from United Daily and Syazwani from Borneo Bulletin. We were joined with the media from Malaysia – Lauren Christie, Jasnitha Nair and Ng Wing Yik Yin. A big thanks to Richard Lim from Tourism Authority of Thailand (Malaysia) for this opportunity to be back in Thailand.

Currently we are being hosted by Dusit Thani Bangkok and it’s such an amazing hotel. I have the privileged to be placed at their club room level. The room is pretty huge and it’s like a mini-suite. Maybe too big for me but then again, I love the rooms here. I shall sharing my experience with Dusit Thani further later in my postings. I also met Sommai Yocapajorn (Director of Marketing Communications) and Stanley Lo (Resident Manager) and thank you for showing us around.

Our visit itinerary was to go on the Wonderful Pearl Cruise @ Rivercity. Now this is one thing that we Bruneians should be doing – taking dine-in cruises during the evening to enjoy the entertainment, the music and the atmosphere. This is such a brilliant idea to have such cruise and it’s quite popular in Bangkok. Apparently there are many cruises that offer this package and the ones we experienced was the latest one in Bangkok, the Wonder Pearl Cruise. For only 2,500 baht, you can enjoy the 2 hour experience. I don’t mind doing this again on my next trip with my friends if I happen to be in Bangkok.

That’s it for my post today and have a great week ahead. This is RA, reporting from Dusit Thani Bangkok 😀

 


Thank you Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) for taking us to Bangkok
 


Loving the speed for AIS network. I would recommend you this line.
 


A warm welcome from Dusit Thani Bangkok. Love the Jasmine flower scent.
 


With the media gang from Brunei and Malaysia with Richard Lim and Sommai. Image courtesy of Richard
 


Nice scenic view with the hotel of Dusit Thani
 


The Wonderful Pearl Cruise. Highly recommended if you are in Bangkok.
 


Dinner is also served at the Wonderful Pearl Cruise
 

  
 

Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promotion
 


 

In conjunction with the upcoming month of Ramadhan and Hari Raya celebration, Jati Transport will be having exclusive offers on their Mercedes-Benz C180 and E200 as part of their two-day Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promotion and today (Sunday) is the final day.

Alongside the Weekend promotion, the CLS 400 AMG Line and the B200 AMG Line were announced the new additions into the Mercedes-Benz showroom. The CLS-Class embodies a compelling, sporty design with the added space convenience of a four-door sedan.

Meanwhile, the B-Class makes the perfect family car for those looking for the best practicality, comfort and safety whilst also having a sporty edge to design and driving dynamics.

The CLS-Class features MULTIBEAM Led headlamps for the first time. Its high-resolution precision LED modules, each with 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs, automatically illuminate the road with a hitherto unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light – without dazzling other road users.

There are also having promotion for their Mercedes-Benz merchandise items. So today’s the final day (Sunday) for you to grab this opportunity. Do drop by Jati Transport showroom in Beribi.

 


The new facelift CLS 400 AMG Line
 


The new B200 AMG Line
 


Mercedes-Benz merchandise on promotion
 


Mercedes-Benz merchandise on promotion
 


Mercedes-Benz merchandise on promotion
 


Mercedes-Benz merchandise on promotion
 

 

Nur Savings promotion 
 


The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources at the Takaful booth during the opening of the ASEAN Consumer Fair
 

The popular short term investment is back!! Takaful Brunei Keluarga (TBK) previously held this special promotion two years ago back in 2013 and it was a big hit. This time round, the stakes are way better. For those who are not aware of Nur Savings from TBK, it’s basically a short term investment (maximum two years) where you will be insured and also gain interest from the savings at a profit of 2% per annum for two years.

The single minimum payment os BND 2,000 and there is no cap for the payment. Previously it was capped at BND 50,000 but now interested parties can inject any amount they feel comfortable with. The 2% interest is a pretty high return as compared to the banks in Brunei. Hence not only you save and get protected, you also earn the extra 2% from your savings. So imagine yourself investing BND 500,000 or even BND 1 million. That would be a great returns in a space of two years only. Awesome returns!!!

This promotion is open to all residents of Brunei Darussalam which means as long as you have an IC (green, purple or yellow), you will be eligible. For those interested parties, you can call TBK’s Certified Financial Planners at 223 1100 during office hours.

For now, you can also sign register at their booth at the ASEAN Consumer Fair at ICC and today’s the final day. There will have certified Islamic financial planners to assist you. Take advantage of the Nur Savings from TBK.

 


Check out the awesome deals from Takaful at ASEAN Consumer Fair. Today is the final day.
 

 

Tivoli officially launched
 

 

Check out the Tivoli

 

TCY Motors the sole distributor of SsangYong Motor in Brunei officially launched the “Tivoli”, which is expected to be a game changer in the compact SUV market with innovative style and remarkable product competitiveness. The launching ceremony was held at the Kiarong showroom.

Since an increasing number of global consumers are favoring compact SUVs with high performance, great fuel economy, practicality and price competitiveness, SsangYong plans to tap into its new model to meet such demands while solidifying its position as a leading SUV maker.

Tivoli, applied with sensuous design, outstanding spatial utility of SUVs, first-of-its-kind safety and convenience features offers an attractive experience as “My 1st SUV” to customers who want both style and practicality in their cars.

When it comes to styling, SsangYong’s new model blends the beauty of youth, energy and robustness in its overall design, aspiring to be “My 1st SUV” of young people in the world. Furthermore, as a starter of “Nature-born 3Motion”, SsangYong’s design philosophy, it expresses modern and urban images through “Urban Dynamic Style” based on a motive of “Rhythmical Motion”.

Rhythmical elements such as harmony of tension and composure, the whole and details are fully expressed on the front of Tivoli. And the reversed-trapezoid bumper, which underscores the air intake contrasts with crisp hood lines, maximizing tension.

Stable and balanced rear completes the design language of SsangYong Tivoli. While the rear, which resembles muscular shoulders symbolize confident youth itself, it also emphasizes rhythmical features through style lines. In the mean time, the cheerful clear-type rear combination lamps unleash liveliness.

The interior design of the new model pursues “Compact Deluxe Style” which creates smart and practical space where passengers can feel modern, yet roomy luxury lounges. Most notably, a future-oriented image is emphasized with a theme of “Moving IT Space” through bar-type switches and expanded use of touch screen controllers which are the result of analysis of user behaviors.

 


The Tivoli in red, being featured during the official launch last Friday
 


The Tivoli in white
 


The rear view of the Tivoli
 


The interior view
 

Tivoli’s optimized spatial design provides excellent passenger convenience and storage. Based on overall width of 1,795mm (widest in the class), its roomy two-row cabin maximizes riding comfort, and 423ℓ (largest in the class) of storage makes it the only car among its segment that can carry up to three golf bags.

Moreover, the full-flat folding second-row seats, not seen in compact sedans, provide enough storage for multiple-use, maximizing the original features of SUVs.

A D-cut steering wheel, mostly used in sports cars, together with a cylinder-type six-color cluster.

A D-cut steering wheel, mostly used in sports cars, together with a cylinder-type six-color cluster (Optional) not only satisfies drivers’ emotional needs but also boost their pride. Clusters with 3.5 inch display that shows various information offers great intuition.

2015 Tivoli’s interior comes in three colors: black, beige, and red. Red interior, in particular, is expected to be much favored by customers who want unique and sporty look, as it blends beautifully with the D-cut steering wheel, a standard feature.

Award-winning semi-bucket seats, which are ergonomically formed with fine materials provide superb comfort and postural stability during driving and cornering, and the quilting stitch design applied to the seats makes them exclusive and luxurious.

Tivoli’s P/T (powertrain), which SsangYong unveils for the first time is remarkably efficient and reliable. And the e-XGi 160, a newly born engine after three years of development period, delivers 126ps maximum power and a maximum torque of 16.0kg•m. Combined fuel economy is 12.0km/ℓ for A/T and 12.3 km/ℓ for M/T (based on the Korean standard).

AISIN’s 2nd-generation A/T, which is widely used by global auto makers is placed on Tivoli. Recognized for its quality and performance of power transmission, the transmission delivers dynamic driving performance with shifting response that is as fast as DCT.

Every trim of the new SUV includes Smart Steer, which controls steering effort in three modes (normal, comfort, sport.) depending on driver’s taste. Also, NVH performance is much improved by applying dual-structure dash panels to the engine room, resulting in minimized engine noise, and effectively blocking noise from intruding inside cabin.

For a highly rigid body, SsangYong Tivoli uses high-strength steel (HSS) for 71.4% of its body, and Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) for 40%, which makes it unique in the segment.

To improve the safety of passengers, 10 major areas use ultrahigh-strength materials, manufactured by hot press forming process. The materials are two times stronger (1500Mpa) than the usual UHSS (600Mpa), thus minimize deformation of car body in a crash.

In the mean time, big-sized disc brakes are applied to the front and rear wheels for quicker brake performance, and multiple safety features are used such as multi-functional ESP (Electronic Stability Program), TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), and LED daytime running lamps. Tivoli’s excellent safety is proven by its near-perfect ratings in AE-MDB (Advanced European Mobile Deformable Barrier).

The core of Tivoli’s infotainment system lies in maximized usage of smart devices. The HDMI connection allows passengers to enjoy clear images and sounds from smart devices on the seven-inch display which is connected to the rear camera. Furthermore, the six-speaker sound system provides excellent sound.

The new compact SUV is the only car in the segment which uses fully-automatic dual air-conditioning system. The AC system not only maintains the optimal temperature of the cabin, but also offers memory function which remembers preferred air volume, air direction, and temperature in three modes, guaranteeing pleasant driving all year round.

Moreover, It is more convenient and safer when parking, thanks to the obstacle detection system with camera and four sensors on the rear. Include at the back is a luggage screen, automatic washer switch, and automatic hazard lights make the car unique in the class, offering great convenience.

SsangYong provides dual-tone body and roof option in Tivoli for the first time to maximize expression of driver’s personal taste. By applying colors that are different from body to the roof, wing mirrors, and rear spoiler, it reveals urban and dynamic look.

So, ladies and gentlemen, after all the comprehensive write-up, you can check out the new Tivoli at their Kiarong Showroom and it’s gonna be a big hit indeed because of its affordability and what the Tivoli can offer. You can check out at their website or their Facebook Page for more details.

 


Another interior view angle
 


Annison, Sales Manager of SsangYong (T.C.Y. Motors) and he’s such a nice lad
 


The low spec of the Tivoli
 


The most sought version of the Tivoli. Two-tone colour
 


Recently SsangYong Brunei ran a competition and now Ang Kok Khiong is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy S6
 

  
 

28
Apr

Forgive me

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Hua Hin Trip 



Now previously known as Sixth Sense has been taken over by Sheraton and the villas have been renamed as Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas


The service is still excellent especially when we were checking in

Good morning, readers!!! If you have been following my on instagram, you would probably know where I am right now. Yes, I have been away for quite some time now and I’m still here at Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, Hua Hin, Thailand. I was here exactly 5 years ago at the same place but it was under Evason Sixth Sense. Now half of the hotel area (the villa side) has been taken over by Sheraton (under Starwood). There were some minor changes but the most thing I truly missed is the personalised butler that we use to have. I recalled I was requesting for an iron and iron board. The lady butler came to our villa with the items but she did an extra more which was ironing my clothes on the spot *lol* Now that’s what I call service. Since the new management, we don’t enjoy that privilege anymore.

The villas are awesome as always and I highly recommend to friends who simply want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Thailand. This is my third trip to Hua Hin and it’s about a 3 hour ride from Bangkok too. I love the quietness and it’s a place where I could just relax my mind and think less about unnecessary things such as work and even my blog *lol*

We are quite fortunate to have a very good rate for our villas and it costs us USD 350 per night. Our room is a two story villa and my bed is located at the living room area while my buddies are sleeping upstairs. We have a mini private pool as well and a small jacquzzi. The wifi is pretty fast as well. It’s as fast as 18-19 megs. Awesome but it can lagged especially at night time. I would have to say that the wifi is way better than the dongle mifi I rented (BND 85 for a week) and it’s only 3 megs at best.

So peeps, I won’t be blogging for a while now.. Maybe I will back in two days’ time. I’m gonna enjoy the last few days here in Hua Hin.

 


Our two story villa 😀


Swimming at our private pool


We can rent bikes from the villas and cycle around the area to explore. Very convenient.


Night time at Sheraton Pranburi Villas


Hanging out with my buddies


Sarina is having a blast this trip. Full of joy and laughter.


My friends’ villa


Trying out the Sixth Sense Spa next door with my buddies

  

16
Jun

#AreYouHappy?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Late post: Hua Hin Trip 
 

Late post: My recent trip to Hua Hin. There were some pending stories for me especially on my trip to Hua Hin sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines with the support of Tourism Authority of Thailand. My followers on my instagram would know of my updates on my travel logs but I have yet to share my complete experience here on my blog. Another reason for the delay is the recent situation at Thailand where curfews were imposed. So now, not to worry and this is a major boost to increase the numbers of tourism in Thailand especially in Bangkok. The media, bloggers and travel agents were treated to a 5 day trip to Bangkok and Hua Hin so we can share with you all the places of interest in both places.

Hua Hin itself is a 3 hour bus ride and yea, I bet most of you are familiar with Phuket and Pattaya but Hua Hin is one of the most under-rated places in Thailand. I remember heading there back in 2010 and this time, things have changed rapidly and slowly it’s beginning to pick up the pace in bringing more attraction to the foreigners. I myself was impressed with the recent developments and after visiting many places of interest in Hua Hin, I’m beginning to appreciate the city more.

One of the places that we visited at Hua Hin is the Premium Outlet Cha-Am which was quite a fair ride but it’s worth it for sure. You will be able to look for tons of brand items in a discounted price and I did some shopping of my own too. You can find brands such as Adidas, Levis, Samsonite and Diesel to name a few.

 


Good news for travelers and if you ask me frankly, the situation was calmer than what was reported in the papers. But this is a huge boost that the curfew has been lifted just last weekend
 


Our Bangkok-Hua Hin trip last may sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines
 


One of my favourite shopping place at Hua Hin is the factory outlet at Cha-am. It’s fair ride from Hua Hin city (about 30 mins or so) and there are tons of big brands too
 


Of course, this was my first pitstop at the factory outlet 😀
 


Since I’m blogging about my experience of the FAM Trip, I would like to acknowledge my huge thanks to Pinky who handled us pretty well. She’s such a committed and dedicated ground handler.

Swiss Sheep Farm. I really don’t know why these places are getting popular. When we reach there, there were quite a number of tourists there. It is located on Phetkasem Rd. opposite Santorini Park on the way to Hua Hin – Cha-am. The scenic views are pretty good and yes, you get to experience some sheep feeding too. Anyway, there weren’t just sheep there but you will get to see horses and ponies too. This is also an ideal place to take photos. I saw a billboard saying that there will be having sheep racing soon and I don’t know how that works *lol*

 


Group photo with the Brunei representatives at Swiss Sheep Farm
 


It’s feeding time…
 


The weirdest thing at the Swiss Sheep Farm is that you will find things not related to ….. sheep *lol* Here you see Azim and KC hogging on to a Hulk sculpture
 


Another odd thing to see this classic car at the area
 


I’m not sure what character is this
 


You can go on a horsey ride

Santorini Park Cha-am. This is a humungous park and very ideal if you come as a family or big groups. If you heard of the word Santorini, well, it’s a city in Greece and the theme park is structured in a way that it will give a Greek impression too. You will notice from the classic whitewashed buildings, colourfully painted windows, down to stone-paved paths and domed towers which will give you a feel of being in Greece. What more can you ask for? Impressive lineup of shops, restaurants and an amusement park and it feels it’s like one stop centre. The Santorini Park Cha-Am is open everyday too. Just check out the pictures below.

 


There’s a trick eye museum as well
 


This slide is awesome.. You slide on a tube and land on a bouncer.
 


Now this is interesting but we didn’t give this a try since we didn’t have enough time
 


The Thai Boxing machine was pretty cool. I had a run with @marul69 which lasted for 3 minutes and it’s cheap too.
 


There’s also a haunted house
 


Good thing about the Santorini Park is that they have small shops, a few of them including an Adidas store 😀
 


It had desserts at one of the cafes at Santorini Park
 


The restroom at Santorini Park is pretty unique

The Venezia Hua Hin. This was one of our pitstops and we were given a short period of time to wander around. It’s also one of the newest theme shopping and attraction village in Hua Hin. This is like a shopping village and compared to the rest, this is a great place to take photos with (add plenty of romantic photo opportunities) plus a couple of attractions and entertainment venues. A great place to eat and shop and take awesome pictures.

With 73,600 sq.m. and 316 shops, the park is immense and even includes a 200 meter ‘Grand Canal’ on which you can actually get a ride on iconic Venetian gondolas. Colorful mediterranean houses, shops and terraces are lined up on each side of the canal which ends in front of an Italian looking garden and two large church-like buildings: one is a Villa-Market (imported products supermarket) an the other a mini zoo. So if you happen to be at Hua Hin, do drop by these places.

 


How Venezia in Hua Hin looks like
 


There is also a mini train that bring you around. It’s not as happening as Santorini since there isn’t any theme rides
 


At Venezia in Hua Hin
 


A shopping area at Venezia but somehow lacking the traffic despite having good brands
 


Yay!! Another Adidas store at Venezia in Hua Hin
 

  

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